Senator Barnaby Joyce urged dairy farmers to use their numbers in addressing industry issues, at the Tongala crisis meeting.
‘‘When I look out here, I see people who have done more for their nation than what their nation has asked of you: you have scraped a living out of the earth, you have built a property up, you have built up our nation; our nation is made of Australian families on Australian farms,’’ Senator Barnaby Joyce told dairy farmers.
‘‘Our nation is not a nation where we will be swinging off the spanner of corporate farms.
‘‘It is unconscionable that someone can hold you, exploit you, by having excessive market power when you have none.’’
Senator Joyce criticised the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and said his party would cap irrigation buy-backs.
He warned of the political realities of getting change for agriculture.
‘‘You can have all the beautiful arguments in the world, but you must have the numbers, because numbers rule the day. You’ve got to have 76 out of 150 in the lower house or you haven’t have a hope .
He urged farmers to be strong in their resolve.
‘‘I think French farmers are great, they are great people because they stand up for what they believe in,’’ he said.
‘‘We have to make sure we stand up for what we believe in. We have to make sure we strive for agendas we can deliver an outcome on, simple ones like proper country of origin on labelling.’’
He said he had serious concerns about the extent of foreign ownership of farmland and water licences going overseas.
Senator Joyce urged dairy farmers to band together with other farm commodity groups to ensure they weren’t picked off by big interests.
He said he had fought for changes to the Competition and Consumer Act to get a fairer deal for farmers and small businesses.
Goulburn Valley Health’s renal patients have seven new hand-sewn quilts to call their own.
The winning form continued for the Mulwala seniors against Deniliquin at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Tatura Hospital and Parkvilla Aged Care Facility, part of Goulburn Valley Health, held its annual June Hospital Collection and Open Day on Sunday with a small crowd in attendance.
Murray and Campaspe shire have decided to withdraw membership from Committee for Echuca-Moama.
Rochester Motorsport Complex will host the third round of the Golden Power Series karting championships on the weekend.
Kyabram’s first tourism booklet is to be launched in late September.
Seymour College P-4 students delight in their new surroundings.
Berrigan and Jerilderie Shires will be in separate state electorates if boundary redistributions announced on Monday come in to effect.
Heathcote Health is finalising its service plan.
Barooga Sports Club chief executive officer Greg Ryan recently celebrated 30 years of service surrounded by friends, family and past and present staff.
Former AFL player Heath Black sent an inspiring message to Deniliquin youths last week.
Goulburn Valley fruit growers may face a battle against pests and diseases this season as growers hit by SPC Ardmona’s fruit cutbacks abandon their orchards or can’t find money to properly maintain them.
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